Ireland's Electrical Magazine 91 June-July


MARKED IMPROVEMENTS FOR FESS ASSESSMENT PASS RATES... Industry group updates to the FESS Operative Assessments

F ollowing recent updates to the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Operative Assessments by an industry working group, pass rates for FESS assessments have seen marked improvements. There are four sector disciplines recognised under FESS which mirror the FESS apprenticeship pathways. These are; Fire, Fire and Emergency Lighting, Security and Fire and Security. For those who have been working in the industry for a number of years without formal qualifications, it was agreed an assessment would be developed for a FESS Systems Operative to meet these sector requirements. The ECS FESS Operative assessments launched in July 2021 and questions are

aimed at a Level 2, covering aspects of installation, maintenance, and planning across each of the above pathways. All of these assessments are available by remote invigilation through the ECS Employer Portal and MyECS system to give greater flexibility and save time and cost. Concerned by a potential lack of clarity in the wording of some questions and lower than expected pass rates, the JIB contacted industry representatives in 2021 to review the question banks and ensure the questions were correct, properly constructed, and clear for users.

New question banks went live in March 2022 and pass marks have improved in all areas. Further promotion of the relevant training routes, for the Operative Assessment and qualification routes will continue to ensure relevant preparation and routes are available. To find out more about FESS Operative cards and the assessment options, please visit: content/FESS-Assessment.



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